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That’s exactly the awesome, nerdy job Jonathan Rayner has at Hewlett-Packard, whose official title is program manager of HP’s Competitive Analysis and Benchmarking in Global Engineering Services (GES) division.
HP’s GES unit performs tear-downs and rigorous product tests, among other things. Rayner helps to benchmark the reliability of HP products relative to a competitor, which involves dissecting thousands of parts inside a typical computer.
“If you like to break things to understand them, then that’s a pretty good sign that you are, or should be a mechanical engineer,” advises Rayner.
The labs also run tests on computers with giant ovens, or a Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) machine, robotic laptop hinge tests and other durability tests. The unit even gets to develop new devices to test computers, such as a “dust room” to monitor computer durability in the midst of an extreme dust storm.
Another cool test the GES team conducts is to try to break a palate of PCs. First, they stack up the boxes of PCs, wrap them up for transport, and then shove them down a ramp into a steel wall.
“(The GES team) is composed of engineers and technicians who excel at designing and improving existing designs of HP products while minimizing cost,” said Diego Gutierrez, manager of reliability, metrology, and sales support, HP Global Engineering and Lab Services. The work done by the Reliability, Design, and Sales Support (RDSS) team has contributed to warranty savings and profit optimization totalling $32.5 million so far in 2010.”